Jnewboy Customs ~ HL Jagdpanther

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Postby Jnewboy » Sun May 20, 2018 6:36 am

Camo Done

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Postby Markocaster » Sun May 20, 2018 8:08 am

Excellent camouflage!


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Postby Jnewboy » Thu May 24, 2018 3:21 am

Markocaster wrote:Excellent camouflage!


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Thanks, the hard part is to balance the three colors so that no one color is overwhelming at any one particular angle. That's the hard part about models, I know they didn't really do that with camouflage as it was painted on in the field, sometimes at haste but on a model it needs to be done.

I get the best result by painting the lightest color, followed by the darkest, then add the mid color (in this case the green) to balance it all out.
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Postby Markocaster » Fri May 25, 2018 5:23 am

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Markocaster wrote:Excellent camouflage!


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Thanks, the hard part is to balance the three colors so that no one color is overwhelming at any one particular angle. That's the hard part about models, I know they didn't really do that with camouflage as it was painted on in the field, sometimes at haste but on a model it needs to be done.

I get the best result by painting the lightest color, followed by the darkest, then add the mid color (in this case the green) to balance it all out.

You nailed it! Looks great


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Postby Lert » Fri May 25, 2018 11:04 am

Very nice! Great colors, too.
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Postby Soeren » Fri May 25, 2018 12:36 pm

A nicely done JP is always a pleasure to watch :clap:
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Postby Jnewboy » Mon May 28, 2018 5:18 am

Tools attached

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Decals on

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Winter white wash time. Two coats of hairspray, followed by a coat of white with a few drops of tan to knock the brightness down. Then scrub the white off in vertical brush strokes to simulate the weathering of the rain/snow run off. Then use washable white to create tiny streaks from the roof coat running off.

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Do one side at a time.

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use a ruler to make straight lines

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After they are on use some water and lightly stump the lines

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Postby Soeren » Mon May 28, 2018 6:55 am

Interesting result. Especially the washable white looks promising. The other mission Models color looks completely different though. Less vibrant than some of the other brands.
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Postby Jnewboy » Mon May 28, 2018 3:10 pm

Soeren wrote:Interesting result. Especially the washable white looks promising. The other mission Models color looks completely different though. Less vibrant than some of the other brands.


I don't use mission models paint, I stick to Tamiya, mig, some ak interactive and for certain shades of enamel I still prefer the old testors. Everything on this model will be acrylic except the rubber wheels which I'll use enamel as it won't chip during RC use.
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Postby Soeren » Mon May 28, 2018 4:51 pm

Hey Jon, thanks for putting that straight. I just misread that. Still the washable colur Looks reaslly interesting. I should have a look into that as well.
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Postby Jnewboy » Mon May 28, 2018 5:03 pm

Soeren wrote:Hey Jon, thanks for putting that straight. I just misread that. Still the washable colur Looks reaslly interesting. I should have a look into that as well.

It is cool, it's best use IMO is doing desert camo. They now make a substance that can be added to any acrylic color which makes it washable but I have not played with it yet. Take care my friend!
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Postby Raminator » Tue May 29, 2018 9:12 am

Looking awesome, Jon. Weathered whitewash over camouflage is always a winner, and you've perfected it. You wouldn't recognise it from the toy you started with!
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Postby Jnewboy » Wed May 30, 2018 5:14 am

Raminator wrote:Looking awesome, Jon. Weathered whitewash over camouflage is always a winner, and you've perfected it. You wouldn't recognise it from the toy you started with!


Thanks!!
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Postby Jnewboy » Wed May 30, 2018 5:48 am

Painted the rubber wheels

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Painted the interior

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I did the final detail paint to the front fenders, damage and rust is hard to get just right.

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Also did some light chipping to the top and engine deck.

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Time to start the wash/filter process which really makes the model look "real".

I use my own product Magic Grime, here you can see the sprocket partially applied with an old tooth brush to show the original finish, then there is a pic of the final product after the grime has been gently wiped away giving it a nice filtered look with the detail highlighted.

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Postby Jnewboy » Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:37 am

Time to do the whole tank in Magic Grime. Scrub it on then wipe it off, wipe it off in the direction water would flow, similar to the white wash removal, the wiping will further the appearance of streaking and run off. So Magic Grime does three major weathering features (filters, washes and streaking)

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It is always good to do one elevation at a time, moving around the tank, dont get hasty, you have plenty of time to get each one right before moving on.

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Here we go!

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As you can see the colors are all blended perfectly which is difficult using normal filters, also you can see the detail is all highlighted by a nice wash look and we have nice subtle streaking showing run off. Once perfect spray with a coat of dullcoat to permanently fix it.

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Ok, we are almost done, lets make some mud for the underside and tracks. Plaster, Fresh Mud and Kursk Earth enamel paint along with some real dirt from the yard that has been sifted out. Mix it all together and apply two coats, the first lighter (kursk) and then another blotched with the darker (fresh mud) to show both dry and fresh mud. After each coat sift some actual dirt over it before it dries.

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The tracks are similar, primer then a very dark brown paint followed by the mud mix painted on then wiped off the surface that would impact the ground. Then dirt is sifted onto the tracks before the enamel paint could dry.

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Now attach the tracks and we are done!

The Final Product

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Postby Raminator » Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:42 am

Great results with your Magic Grime there Jon, I'm impressed with how good it looks compared to how straightforward it is to apply. I remember seeing tubs of it up on eBay before, but they disappeared before I bought any.
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Postby Jnewboy » Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:19 pm

Raminator wrote:Great results with your Magic Grime there Jon, I'm impressed with how good it looks compared to how straightforward it is to apply. I remember seeing tubs of it up on eBay before, but they disappeared before I bought any.

I'm going to try to get my etsy store back up and running and list the Magic Grime on there. Much lower fees than eBay. PM me if you want some now, it took some time developing it but now it's my product of choice and is also kid friendly as it cleans up with water. Thanks for the kind words, I hope the step by step pics help others on their builds.
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Postby Jnewboy » Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:57 am

The Video is done!!

https://youtu.be/BSEhXR2acEk 8)
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Postby BarryC » Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:00 pm

Fantastic worn / weathered look! :thumbup:

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Postby Jnewboy » Tue Nov 12, 2019 3:47 am

BarryC wrote:Fantastic worn / weathered look! :thumbup:

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Thanks!! I appreciate all of your support! 8) :thumbup:
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